Jarrod Saltalamacchia seeing a sports psychologist

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 05: Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrates with is wife, Ashley Saltalamacchia, after hitting the game winning walkoff RBI against the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark on April 5, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Richard Durrett has a story up on the Jarrod Saltalamacchia yips saga, including the news that Salty is seeing renowned sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman.

Not surprising, and it sounds like we're going to have to be patient and let this play out. 

In the meantime, the longer this goes, the more concerned I am about whether, if he does get this straightened out, if the timing will be right for him to return.

Let's say the Rangers are two games up in the A.L. West in mid-July, and Salty's been throwing well for four to six weeks...do you really want to take him and thrust him into the middle of a pennant race at that point, and hope that the pressure doesn't cause a recurrence of the problem?

I don't know.  I don't have an answer.

But if I'm the Rangers, I'm looking high and low for a possible starting catcher somewhere, because there doesn't appear to be anyone in the organization right now who you want as the regular catcher on a 2010 playoff contender.

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